When the Texas Longhorns declined to update the heights and weights of players prior to the start of spring practice, the biannual rite of perusing the changes for slivers of information wasn't possible.
But the time has come now with the school providing a post-spring update that provides some insight into the physical development of certain players.
-- After arriving at Texas at 222 pounds, senior defensive end Shiro Davis is now up to 265 pounds from 253 last year. Since he was playing the Fox end position at the beginning of the 2014 season, the weight increase was necessary since he's now working as the strongside defensive end and consistently has to hold the line of scrimmage against the run.
-- Junior safety Dylan Haines doesn't just look more slim wearing No. 14 now after donning the No. 44 jersey last year. He actually is more slim, dropping six pounds from 194 to 188. Maybe that's why he said this spring that he feels a step or two faster.
-- Once quite undersized to play the nickel position, redshirt freshman Jermaine Roberts is up to 178 pounds from 171 last year.
-- Even numbers for young players are often suspicious and that was certainly the case last year with wide receiver/kick returner Roderick Bernard, who was listed at 170 pounds. Recovering from an ACL tear that ended his freshman campaign, Bernard is now listed at a much more accurate 163 pounds.
-- Another player who is a bit more slim this year is senior running back Johnathan Gray, who is playing at 206 pounds after he was listed at 215 last season. Was the 2014 weight over-exaggerated or is Gray really lighter heading into his final season in order to maximize his explosiveness? Either way, he was certainly slippery during the spring game in breaking three tackles on only two runs.
-- One of the biggest weight changes from 2014 to 2015 is from sophomore running back D'Onta Foreman, who wasn't abel to arrive in June because he was still working through qualification issues. He was 215 pounds coming out of Texas City, but is now up to a robust 231 pounds, which helps explain why he was so hard to bring down on Saturday.
-- Another significant gainer is redshirt freshman linebacker Edwin Freeman. Listed at 220 last season, he's now up to 238 pounds, but demonstrated that he hasn't lost any of his speed on his 35-yard fumble return during the Orange-White game.
-- Is junior defensive end Caleb Bluiett going to play strongside defensive end or the Fox position this season? Based on the fact that he's down to 250 pounds from 261, it seems that he'll likely stick with the versatile hybrid position he played late last season.
-- The development of redshirt freshman Derick Roberson hasn't been as pronounced as that of Freeman since he's only put on nine pounds to get up to 228. Of course, a shoulder injury that kept him out of spring practice is also limiting the development of his upper body. And he's certainly at an adequate weight to play the Fox position, as junior Naashon Hughes is only two pounds heavier than Roberson.
-- Early enrollee linebacker Malik Jefferson is listed at 217 pounds.
-- Sophomore center Jake Raulerson is finally at a weight where he won't be pushed around simply due to his lack of mass, as he's now at 295 pounds, nearly 15 pounds heavier than last season.
-- The same for redshirt freshman offensive line Terrell Cuney, who was listed at 278 last season and is now up to 297 pounds on his 6'1 frame.
-- Junior offensive guard Kent Perkins is down to 320 pounds from 330 last year, which could help the movement abilities that were exposed last year when he tried and failed to play right tackle.
-- The photo above makes it kind of hard to believe that junior offensive tackle Camrhon Hughes really weighs 326 pounds, as the guess here is at least 10 pounds heavier than that. At least.
-- The transformation of early enrollee offensive tackle Garrett Thomas has been impressive to watch. Just compare the photo of him as a 295-pounder at Texas to the picture of him when he was a 306-pounder at the Dallas NFTC in 2013. With the new beard, he almost looks like a totally different person.
-- Could redshirt freshman wide receiver Garrett Gray grow into a flex tight end? The Marble Falls product is up to 225 pounds after coming in at 211 last year, with the frame to potentially add another 15 or so pounds.
-- Beastly junior defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway could be an even more disruptive force this season at 320 pounds after playing last year at 307 pounds. How's that for an irresistible force and immovable object?